A photo of Haithem Elhadi Babiker.

Plastic Surgeon, Division of Plastic Surgery

Director, Pediatric Plastic Craniofacial Fellowship

Director, Treacher Collins Center

Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Board Certified

"Children heal well, they are innocent, and it is a privilege to see the lifelong impact that I can make on their lives."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric plastic surgeon, I perform a wide variety of surgeries on children. My work ranges from simple lesions and cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to complicated facial reconstruction. I also treat pediatric obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, complex upper airway problems and Treacher Collins syndrome.

I love working with children, shaking their hands and making personal connections with them and their families. Children heal well, they are innocent, and it is a privilege to see the lifelong impact that I can make on their lives.

I completed both medical and dental school and am board certified in both plastic surgery and oral maxillofacial surgery. I also I completed fellowship training in craniofacial surgery. As a junior practitioner, I was honored to receive the CRANIO Fellowship from the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. My training places me in an elite group of practitioners with such qualifications across the nation and around the world.

I am the program director for the Pediatric Plastic Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children’s. I also direct the Treacher Collins Center, which is dedicated to treating children with Treacher Collins syndrome.

In addition to helping patients, I’m engaged in research. My colleagues and I are seeking to understand the biology of the craniofacial region and the basis of disease. I also conduct clinical outcomes studies to determine my results and identify areas for improvement.

In my spare time, I play soccer and chess regularly. Once a year, I travel overseas to do charity mission surgeries for underprivileged children.

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Clinical Interests

Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; complex upper airway problems; Treacher Collins Syndrom; speech surgery for velopharyngeal insufficiency in cleft patients

Research Interests

Craniofacial biology

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Craniofacial Disorders, Upper Airway, Treacher Collins, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

Research Divisions

Plastic Surgery

My Locations

My Education

MD: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.

Residency: University of Cincinnati Plastic Surgery, General Surgery and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Cincinnati, OH.

Fellowship: Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

DMD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.